15 Smarter Snacks for Your Next Road Trip

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cheese puffs in a square bowl

Whether you’re heading out for a holiday weekend getaway or driving to an amusement park with a minivan full of kids, don’t let your road trip derail your diet. Instead of relying on gas station mini marts or rest stop restaurants, pack your favorite Nutrisystem snacks to sustain you along your route.

From hearty bars to salty snacks to sweet treats, we’ve got plenty of smarter options for your trip on the Nutrisystem snack menu. Here are 15 grab-and-go options that are perfect for your next on-the-road adventure.

1. White Cheddar Popcorn

White Cheddar Popcorn

Consider this snack reserved for passengers or parking lots only. That’s because the combo of real cheddar cheese and savory spices on each fluffy pop of corn is so finger-lickin’ delicious, it’ll be tough to keep your hands on the steering wheel. And at 140 calories—plus five grams of protein and three grams of fiber—you can finish the entire satisfying bag and still keep your weight loss on track.

2. Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Nut Square

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Nut Square

Do not scoff at the size of this snack. It shoves peanuts, almonds and walnuts (not to mention eight grams of fiber) into those four sides for your chewing pleasure. The nuts are dusted in sea salt and the square is dipped and drizzled in dark chocolate for that ideal mix of salt and sweet in every bite. What’s not in this treat? Added sugar—proof positive that some of the best things can come in small packages.

3. Pretzel Nuggets

Pretzel Nuggets

It’s got the crispy crunch. It doesn’t skimp on salt. And with nine grams of belly-filling protein, these nuggets of pretzel can help keep your hunger at bay as the miles tick by. Plus, each portioned package weighs in at 120 calories, so no sharing is required.

4. Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

The taste of butter plus sweet vanilla creates the perfect cookie complement for your coffee to-go. Such a simple flavor, yet so satisfying, with five grams of fiber and six grams of protein. And at 150 calories per serving, feel free to toss a package of the mini shortbreads in your purse before heading out the door.

5. Chewy Peanut Bar

Chewy Peanut Bar

Two of your favorites join forces to create an uber-decadent snack. Chocolate coats the bar and chewy peanut butter fills the center for a taste of pure indulgence that will no doubt quell your need for something sweet. And it’s 220 calories—making it a no-brainer snack choice for your next trip.

6. Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why have plain ole’ chocolate chip cookies when you can have ones with walnuts too? You get that home-baked classic goodness mixed with the added crunch and rich flavor of the nuts, plus their heart-healthy, brain-boosting benefits for a win-win snack situation. And for an added bonus: each bag of cookies contains 150 calories.

7. Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

The almonds are honey roasted, the peanuts dusted in salt, and the pretzel balls provide an extra pop of crunch to this tasty snack. But wait, there’s more: the snack contains five grams of protein plus healthy fats. It’s made with no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

8. Butter Popcorn

Butter Popcorn

From sweeping seaside to magnificent mountain landscape, popcorn is the perfect snack companion for the scenic routes of your road trip. And this particular bag will not disappoint: the corn is popped tender; it tastes like butter and is seasoned in salt; and it’s ready to eat—no popping required. With four grams of fiber per serving, your belly will feel full while your waist stays trim.

9. Chocolaty Pretzel Bar

Chocolaty Pretzel Bar

This indulgent bar is layered in flavor: crunchy chunks of pretzel swirled in smooth caramel and covered in a rich chocolaty coating treats your taste buds to a trifecta of deliciousness in every single bite. And if that’s not reason enough to pack a few of these sweet picks, each bar contains170 calories and is a good source of satisfying protein.

10. Toffee Crunch Cookies

Toffee Crunch Cookies

They’re rich and buttery; crunchy with a good source of fiber—if you love the flavor of toffee, these mini cookies for you. Each bag is portioned at 140 calories, with five grams of protein and five grams of fiber.

11. Chocolate Flavored Pretzels

Chocolate Flavored Pretzels

So much flavor—plus five grams of satisfying protein—in one very filling 140-calorie snack pack that’s sized to stash in your bag, jacket pocket, glove box … or all three spots.

12. Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

Yup, you can enjoy these cheddar-cheesy snacks guilt-free on your weight loss journey as well as your road trip. That’s because this version is made from lentils, not cornmeal, which pumps up the fiber factor.  Plus, they’re 150 calories and contain seven grams of protein per bag, so they’re perfect to “nip that craving for salty, cheesy, crunchy goodness right in the bud,” according to one reviewer.

13. Lemon Cooler Cookie

Lemon Cooler Cookie

When sugar cravings call, this cookie answers! You’ll love this Lemon Cooler Cookie, packed with the bright flavor of zesty lemons and dusted with powdered sugar. It’s bold, it’s sweet and it’s a good source of fiber—a combo that will keep your energy up and your belly full until your destination.

14. Chocolate Caramel Bar

Chocolate Caramel Bar

Step away from the vending machine if you’re trying to shed extra pounds: instead of grabbing that chocolate candy bar, stock up on this sweet treat. You get that same delicious flavor—sweet caramel and smooth milk chocolate—in a guilt-free package. One serving contains 150 calories.

15. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Craving the flavor of homemade cookies while on the road? Our perfectly portioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is here to save the day! This moist and delicious cookie is loaded with plump raisins and is a good source of fiber.